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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
September 25, 2020  

Featured Event - Droneports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL
We're back! After a short hiatus from the newsletter so we could pour our heart and soul into the UAS Tech Forum we are happy to be back with all the UAS news you may have missed over the last few weeks.

We have a few more articles than usual to get you all caught up. Enjoy!

Also, as many of you gear up to attend the first ever virtual XPONENTIAL we invite you to sign up for the co-located DronePort Network Seminar on Oct. 5, "Droneports: Unlocking Economic Opportunity for Your Community".

Attendees of this online seminar will learn from various industry leaders and visionary communities about how droneports are serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations. Including case study presentations from three of the nation's more prominent droneport facilities – Grand Sky, N.D.; USA Drone Port, Ky.; and the Oklahoma Air and Space Port – during the Droneport Spotlight session.

Registration for this one-day seminar is only $179, which also includes a Virtual XPO Hall Pass during XPONENTIAL.

For more details about the Droneport Seminar or to register, visit XPONENTIAL.
UAS in the News
OSU students design and build innovative engine for drones
A team from Oklahoma State University designed and built a turbo-electric drone engine as part of a program sponsored by the U.S. Army.

K-State Poly joins FAA's collegiate unmanned aircraft systems training initiative
The unmanned aircraft systems flight and operations program at Kansas State University Polytechnic has been selected for the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Initiative.

Kratos grows OKC drone production as it competes for massive Air Force contract
Kratos Defense, a manufacturer of military tactical and training drones, has expanded its footprint in Oklahoma City, increasing the size of its operation there by 50 percent.

Drone Imaging Reveals Pre-Hispanic ‘Great Settlement' Beneath Kansas Ranch
Archaeologists using new drone-sensing technology have found evidence of an enormous, horseshoe-shaped trench hidden beneath a Kansas ranch. The rounded earthwork, which may be part of the largest pre-Hispanic settlement north of Mexico, appears to...

North Dakota is Building a Statewide BVLOS Network for Drones
North Dakota and the Northern Plains UAs test Site are working together to build out their commercial drone infrastructure by creating a statewide BVLOS network.

Drones dropping "Dragon Eggs" are Colorado's latest aerial assault weapon for wildfires
Aerial ignition to fight wildfires used to be done by helicopters. Now, as part of an increasingly progressive firefighting strategy honed by the Bureau of Land Management and adopted by the Forest Service and National Interagency Fire Center,...

UAV company expands footprint in Wichita
AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc., a provider of UAVs and advanced aerial imagery, data collection and analytics solutions, will locate and expand its manufacturing operations in Wichita, Kansas.
Technology Spotlight
Water-based launching of a remotely deployable UAS under diverse conditions
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Pacific

The invention is a deployment system for a water-based launch of a UAS.

The structure includes an inflatable bladder to suspend the tube at a specified depth of water, with a telescopic weight below the tube to ensure proper orientation. To power a launch, the system may use a compressed air tank, a track guided actuator, or a spring-loaded device.

The patented technology is available via patent license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

Contact: Joan Wu-Singel, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7705

This new technique prints improved strain gauges directly onto wings
Upcoming UASCI Events
Drone Ports: Unlocking the Economic Potential for Your Community at XPONENTIAL (Virtual)
October 5, 2020
Dallas, TX
Discover how Droneports are becoming an epicenter for regional UAS activities. Learn from industry leaders and visionary communities about how Droneports are serving as nodes for testing, training and commercial drone operations by obtaining permissions for flight, and providing facilities for housing, maintenance, fueling, piloting of fleets and more.

Co-located virtual event
Upcoming Industry Events
October 5-8, 2020
Virtual Event
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 is the global stage for everything unmanned — from state-of-the-art propulsion technology, sensors, energy storage and UAS mitigation solutions to what's coming over the horizon in AI, 5G, edge computing and more..

UAS Summit & Expo - NEW DATES
October 13, 2020 - October 14, 2020
Grand Forks, ND
The UAS Summit & Expo started as a small gathering of regional stakeholders. Now, 14 years later, the event in the Northern Plains of North Dakota has become a yearly major event for UAS experts from around the world. It's the original epicenter of...

2nd Annual Monterey Bay Drone, Automation & Robotics Technology (DART) Symposium - VIRTUAL
October 19-23, 2020
Virtual Event
The Symposium will feature a week of compelling talks, workshops, networking and inspiration. This world-class event will build on the momentum generated at the first Symposium, highlight cutting edge technologies being used and developed to address...

The World of Drones and Robotics Congress
November 12-13, 2020
Brisbane, Australia
The World of Drones Congress® is the largest drone Congress in the Asia Pacific region, connecting stakeholders with the latest industry developments, applications and policies. This year the event becomes The World of Drones and Robotics Congress®...

InterDrone - NEW DATES
December 15-17, 2020
Dallas, TX
Join thousands at the Next Destination for Commercial Drones
Fully autonomous drones ‘next step' for oil and gas
BIC Magazine | 09/21/2020
While the introduction of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) has been a game-changer in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors, industry leaders agree the next major step in the field will be utilizing fully autonomous drones.

FAA Moving Slowly On Drone Certification
AVweb | 09/20/2020
The People's Republic of China is one of 66 individuals and organizations commenting on an FAA Federal Register Notice on the certification of some drones.

Self-flying drone offers faster 911 response. Manatee program would be nation's first
Bradenton Herald | 09/19/2020
Manatee County officials are partnering with a private drone company to become one of the first government agencies in the nation to use autonomous drones as part of a 911 emergency response.

Offshore deliveries, carrying people are new UAV developments
GPS World | 09/16/2020
A new offshore service opportunity for an already proven mini-helicopter UAV, a possible alternative to flying cars, and bulking up UAVs to carry cargo – just a few of this month's new developments in unmanned aircraft.

Volansi raises $50 million for high-speed delivery drones
VentureBeat | 09/15/2020
Volansi (formerly Volans-i), which provides vertical takeoff and landing drone delivery services for commercial and defense customers, recently announced a $50 million round. The company plans to use the funds to accelerate its go-to-market efforts...

Walmart, Zipline Partner to Launch 'First-of-Its-Kind' Drone Delovery Service in the U.
AUVSI News | 09/14/2020
Walmart has partnered with Zipline to launch what's being described as a "first-of-its-kind" drone delivery operation in the U.S., making on-demand deliveries of select health and wellness products with the potential to expand to general merchandise.

The Incredible Shrinking LiDAR
Forbes | 09/11/2020
The evolution of LiDAR, is similar to other technologies that often surprise the layman: as early as 2018, some observers predicted improved LIDAR performance at lower prices that sounded like the stuff of science fiction, but in early 2020, leading...

How Firefighters Are Effectively Utilizing UAVs To Combat Wildfires
Forbes | 09/10/2020
Somewhere around the world firefighters are gearing up to tackle a wildfire. To manage the rapid, unpredictable and destructive spread, firefighters are opting for sophisticated resources and innovative technology -- Drones

Researchers succeed in using liquid hydrogen for UAV test
WSU Insider | 09/10/2020
A Washington State University research team for the first time has successfully demonstrated the use of liquid hydrogen and a unique refueling system for powering Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Walmart testing deliveries by drone.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette | 09/10/2020
Walmart Inc. is testing drone delivery of groceries and household essentials, the company announced recently

'Drone Express' Takes to the Skies Above Springfield
Aviation Pros | 09/09/2020
Can retail orders be delivered via drone? A recent test in Springfield was a step toward answering that question for a New Jersey communications company that is now looking to establish a presence in Ohio. 

Advancing Drone Technology Innovation in Government
FedTech | 09/08/2020
For decades, government led the way on the development and use of new technologies. Today, there is a similar emphasis on government "spinning in" commercial technologies to improve its own operations. However, the transformational benefits of new...

After Years of Sky-High Hype, Where are All the Drones?
TechGenix | 09/04/2020
Drones were a hot topic from analysts in 2014. Predictions included the concept of drones taking over the military, the extinction of helicopters due to obscurity, and small unmanned flying drones replacing food and mail delivery services. With all...

Embry-Riddle, Verizon Partner to Use Drones for Marine Mammal Rescue
ERAU News | 09/04/2020
In an effort to safely and humanely rescue marine mammals, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has partnered with marine biologists and a Verizon drone-management platform to monitor animals in distress using unmanned aircraft systems. 

New hybrid quad-rotor UAS is being used on fires this summer
Fire Aviation | 09/03/2020
Bridger Aerospace has been operating an unmanned aerial system (UAS) on wildfires this year that first went into production in 2019 built by L3 Latitude Engineering.

Shell and Baker Hughes Venture Going Big on Methane-Hunting Drones
Shell announced recently that in July it inked a deal with Baker Hughes' drone venture company, Avitas, to expand drone-monitoring services at its unconventional assets in the Permian Basin.

Next phase of drone project to launch
Rome (NY) Sentinel | 09/02/2020
Live flights and testing of components are scheduled to begin this month at the unmanned aircraft test site in Rome, N.Y., in the second phase of a federal program to develop a high-density air traffic control system for drones.

FCC Study Supports Using 5 GHz Band for Drone Operations
Aviation Today | 09/01/2020
A report submitted to Congress by the Federal Communications Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau on spectrum allocation for unmanned aircraft recommended proceeding with rulemaking to enable the use of the 5030-5091 MHz band in...

GCSC gets $7 million for drone program; to tackle lessons learned after Hurricane Michael
Panama City News Herald | 09/01/2020
Gulf Coast State College plans to use a new $7 million grant to expand its drone program and address lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

Amazon Delivery-Drone Fleet Gets Preliminary FAA Clearance
Forbes | 08/31/2020
The Federal Aviation Administration recently cleared Amazon's Prime Air drone delivery fleet as an official air carrier, marking the next step in the tech and online-retail giant's effort to deliver packages via drones.

HSU foundation, Lone Star to transform unmanned aircraft systems in Northwest Florida
Crestview News Bulletin | 08/28/2020
Visitors from the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and HSU Educational Foundation are forming a master research partnership to develop the HSU Unmanned Aircraft System Center of Excellence in...

Scenic Consulting Group Tests using UAS for Bat Exit Surveys
UAS Magazine | 08/28/2020
 A pair of environmental consulting firms located in North Carolina and Kentucky conducted bat surveys using Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Vigilant Aerospace Systems Vigilant Aerospace Systems
Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc., a private company founded in 2015 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, provides FlightHorizon next-generation collision avoidance and flight safety systems for unmanned aircraft.

13905 Quail Pointe Dr, Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73134 |


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